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Classic Blue: Pantone's Colour of the Year And Jewellery Design


This year, Pantone announced it’s 2020 Colour of the Year as Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk – "It's a colour that anticipates what's going to happen next".

Such a bold, bright and beautiful shade lends itself very well to the world of jewellery making. Gemstone colour pallet matches include lapis lazuli, sodalite, blue chalcedony, Kyanite, sapphire, aquamarine and dumortierite to name a few. Here, we take a look at how you can take influence from Pantone's Colour of the Year in your jewellery designs. 

Similar to fashion, colour plays a very important role in jewellery design. Blue which like purple is often seen as very regal, can be a tricky colour to get right when it comes to jewellery as the cool colourways can sometimes dull the skin, but rich navy and bright sparking aqua suits the majority of skin tones and is quite easy to wear well.

Princess Diana’s stone of choice was sapphire and her stunning ring which went on to become Kate Middleton’s engagement ring brought the fashion of coloured stones as engagement rings back to the forefront of jewellery design. Princess Diana also chose blue sapphires in some of her favourite tiaras.

Another piece of iconic royal jewellery that once belonged to Diana, is the Asprey ring that contained an impressive light blue Aquamarine princess cut stone of many carats that newlywed Megan Markle wore to her wedding reception back in 2018. A truly classic ring made more lovable due to the colour of the stone.

However, you do not need to be royalty (or have a royal budget) to enjoy the fabulous colour blue yourself. More affordable blue gemstones include Turquoise, Lapis and Dumortierite.

December’s birthstone Turquoise for some is very reminiscent of holidays spent browsing jewellery shops on the islands of Greece and can be associated with silver jewellery given as gifts, making this trend a great choice for jewellery retailers. Native American and Tribal jewellery also heavily feature this stone as it is found within Arizona USA.

Elegant Lapis has striking gold flecks throughout is a popular choice for eveningwear and we stock it in many different forms. From round beads to large freeform slabs, perfect for wire wrapping.

Dumortierite is a rarer blue gemstone, and we have plenty of them available at Burhouse. We are due to recieve new heart pendants in Dumortierite, which are a gorgeous deep blue colour - keep an eye out for these coming soon. 

Please tag us in your Classic Blue jewellery creations on Facebook and Instagram, or get in touch to discuss ways to incorporate this beautiful trend into your designs.